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the sequester for flight delay. it is just another example of shoddy management by the faa. lori: gas prices are tank. why good news may still be on the way. melissa: fed watchers in full speculation mode as bernanke has he will skip jackson hole. a first for a federal chairman in 25 years. what does it mean? now, to the floor of the new york stock exchange. nicole petallides. nicole: we will get to some of the home builders in a second. right now you have a mixed market. the dow jones pulling back a bit. that 2.2%. last week was a rough week for the dow jones industrials. there is the tech heavy nasdaq. there is a look right now at how we have done so far. obviously, you can see that we have had a nice run this year. i wanted to also take a look at some of the homebuilders. we got in some existing home sales. pound .6% month over month. that is not good news there. the home prices that you saw word. back to you. lori: seasonally strong time of year for home sales. overall, the u.s. economy is running below its historical trend. this is a study done by the index. my next guest says the econo
turbulence here in washington tonight. >> as the faa began furloughing air traffic controllers and the flight delays began. the finger pointing quickly followed. >> as a result of administration's poor planning, i would argue political motives, thousands of people were stuck on tarmacs over the last few days. >> congress had an opportunity but republicans made a choice. and this is a result of a choice they made to embrace the sequester as, and i'm quoting republicans, as a victory for the tea party and a home run. >> if the blame was partisan, the pain was not. long lines and missed connections raised bipartisan concerns with republican and democratic senators asking the transportation secretary and head of the faa how much funding do you need to avoid furloughing air traffic controllers and to keep the contract air traffic control towers open and what could you cut from other accounts to avoid or reduced air traffic controller furloughs and contract closures and there were bipartisan proposed solutions. >> what i believe is there ought to be postponement of these furloughs to give all of us
i think has done a great job. he came in and he said hey, folks, i gotta tell you the faa is one of the biggest parts of the department of transportation. and they got nothing but people, you know. they don't have like battleships that can keep in port or whatever and we're going to have to cut x billion dollars whatever it is. the only way we can meet that goal is we're going to have to furlough. and most of our people -- so we have nothing but employees basically. most of our people or a good schaffer our people are air-traffic controllers so there is no way -- this is what lahood told us, told the world. there is no way that we can avoid this. therefore, no way to avoid what that's going to mean. three things, he said. delays in flights. cancellation of flights and shutting down some regional towers. and he appealed to his fellow republicans. he is a republican. was saying republicans cannot let this happen because they're going to suffer the consequences. of course people said they're just exaggerating. that's not going to happen. and then march 1 kicks in, the sequester kick
to the viewers out west. on the first day of faa furloughs, there were delays. but the airlines saying don't blame us. the biggest delays hit los angeles international first. last night the federal aviation administration reported a staffing problem causing some arriving flights to run an average of three hours and seven minutes late. >> we're going to crater the entire system. orter: the nation's airlines and biggest pilots union say it points to troubles ahead. their plan to furlough air traffic controllers, forcing them to tay home one day every other week will bring the system to a grinding halt. >> it will be like having hurricane sandy in the north and hurricane katrina in the south at the same time. >> reporter: so they're suing the faa to postpone the furloughs but the faa says it's the only way to slash $637 million from its budget, cuts required by congress. the busiest airports are expected to take the hardest hits. maximum delays at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson could reach 3 1/2 hours. chicago's o'hare, more than two. and at new york's laguardia, nearl
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